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Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.

EPISODE 79
September 20
President Donald Trump speaks Tuesday during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Listen: Trump's blunt U.N. address

The president's speech to the U.N. General Assembly was, like Trump himself, nontraditional. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 78
September 13

Listen: Rising crime in downtown Minneapolis

Public safety in a booming downtown is a key issue for Minneapolis, and for the city's Nov. 7 election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and Denise Johnson.
EPISODE 77
September 6

Listen: Targeting 'Dreamers' is latest Trump controversy

The president's decision to scrap the Obama-era DACA program faces bipartisan criticism. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 76
August 23

Listen: Trump turns to the war in Afghanistan (and with the press)

Two distinctly different addresses in two days reflect the president's perspective on South Asia and Charlottesville. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 75
August 16
President Donald Trump spoke to reporters from the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, on Tuesday.

Listen: Bipartisan backlash to Trump's inflammatory comments

Corporate leaders and lawmakers reacted to President Donald Trump's comments on Charlottesville. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 74
August 9

Listen: Trump-Kim war of words heightens fears

The president's rhetoric about unleashing "fire and fury" reverberated worldwide. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 73
August 2
New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly talks with President Trump after being privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office.

Listen: The political week in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Washington

The mayoral race comes into focus, increasing Republican and DFL divides statewide, and Gen. Kelly is tapped as chief of staff. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 72
July 26
In this image from video provided by Senate Television, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks the floor of the Senate on Tuesday after a vote on debating the health care bill.

Listen: A tumultuous week in Washington

From the Senate debate on health care legislation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to President Donald Trump's transgender troop ban, it was a chaotic week in the capital. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 71
July 19
Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, was fatally shot by police in a south Minneapolis alley Saturday night.

Listen: The global, local impact of the Justine Damond case

The shooting of the Minneapolis woman brings police-community relations to the forefront. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 70
July 12

Listen: Collusion question clouds White House policy priorities

Donald Trump, Jr.'s email exchange has dominated the news narrative in Washington and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 69
July 7
President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, wave after arriving Thursday for the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Listen: Trump turns to international issues

The president travels to the G-20 Summit and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after his speech in Poland. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 68
June 30

Listen: Minnesota National Guard members train in Lithuania

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green interviews John Rash about his trip to Lithuania to cover the Minnesota National Guard taking part in a multinational military exercise called Saber Strike 17.
EPISODE 67
June 15

Listen: A nation reflects on a tragic shooting

A deplorable act of violence, this time targeted at a congressional baseball team. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 66
June 7
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, left, and National Securi...

Listen: Capitol Hill hearings amplify Russia issue

Senators questioned top Trump officials as Washington braced for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Thursday. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 65
May 31
Gov. Mark Dayton at his news conference early Tuesday evening.

Listen: Legislative loggerheads

The special session in St. Paul still didn't solve the impasse between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-led Legislature. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 64
May 24
Some lawmakers huddled under blankets at 6:33 a.m. as the special sess...

Listen: Legislative session goes up to – and over – the last minute

Despite a budget surplus and a special session, lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on key budget bills. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 63
May 17

Listen: Turmoil at home as Trump heads abroad

Continuing controversy regarding Russia and the FBI engulfs Washington as the president gets set for his first major diplomatic trip. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 62
May 10

Listen: FBI firing rocks Washington

President Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey ramps up the Russia issue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Jill Burcum.
EPISODE 61
May 3

Listen: Legislature stalled over transit, other issue roadblocks

The GOP-led House and Senate differ sharply from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton as time slips away on the 2017 session. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 60
April 26
President Donald Trump poses for a photograph Friday along the West Wing Colonnade at the White House after an interview with the Associated Press.

Listen: 100 days of upheaval

Has there been more political than policy change during the president's first few months? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D. J. Tice.
EPISODE 59
April 19

Listen: Special election in Georgia turns into Trump referendum

An Atlanta-area House race reflects a national split on the president's performance. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 58
April 6

Listen: Deep divisions at the State Capitol

A projected budget surplus hasn't yet bought political compromise between Gov. Dayton and the Republican House and Senate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 57
March 29

Listen: Gorsuch vote is Washington's next flashpoint

The impending vote on President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, the president's rollback of Obama-era environmental measures and ongoing fallout on the failure of the House healthcare bill are among the issues discussed on this week's "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 56
March 23

Listen: Another wild week in Washington

The capitol roiled from hearings on the Russian meddling in the U.S. election, the healthcare debate, and a Supreme Court nomination. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 55
March 16

Listen: Trump's taxes (and Rachel Maddow's reporting) in spotlight

A busy news week in Washington and St. Paul includes more questions than answers regarding the president's tax returns. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash.